- Bernie Sanders will talk to supporters and “assess his campaign” after three more major 2020 Democratic primary losses to Joe Biden, campaign manager Faiz Shakir says.
- The senator will focus on the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Biden’s projected victories in Florida, Illinois and Arizona widened his national pledged delegate lead.
“In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable,” the Vermont senator’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement Wednesday.
Biden won Democratic primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday, extending a dominant streak in key states following victories in Michigan and Washington last week. As he looks poised for easy wins in this week’s primaries, Biden will widen his delegate lead.
He has now amassed 1,132 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 817. A candidate needs 1,991 pledged delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
In his statement, Shakir noted the next primary contest “is at least three weeks away.” The spreading coronavirus pandemic forced a string of states to delay their nominating events. Georgia was set to hold a primary on March 24 but pushed it back to May 19.